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Girls Basketball: Marian Catholic rolls past St. Viator

Marian Catholic's Gabrielle Cooper (15) dribbles inSt. Viator defense. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Marian Catholic's Gabrielle Cooper (15) dribbles into the St. Viator defense. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 14, 2014 12:23PM



One word can’t describe some of the things Teniya Page did for Marian Catholic in its 70-35 victory Wednesday night over St. Viator.

But one word can describe what she is with a basketball in her hands.

Smooth.

Whether it was sending a floater over the St. Viator defense that Ashton Millender turned into a pretty layup, stealing the ball and exploding to the basket with jet-like propulsion or pulling up and with a flick of the wrist swishing a 15-footer, she was seamless.

And totally unselfish.

“I don’t want to be one of those point guards who scores 40 a game, but we still lose because I didn’t pass the ball to my teammates,” Page said. “I want to get everybody involved so they’re comfortable that when there are times that I can’t score, they can do it for me.”

The 5-foot-7 guard finished with 19 points and four steals. Millender had 16 points, and Kauai Bradley, Jerrell Matthews, Gabrielle Cooper and Janae Poisson all had six as the Spartans (5-1, 2-0) cruised in their first home game since winning the Class 4A state title.

“It feels great to be back home,” Millender said. “We’ve only got a few games at home this season so we really look forward to them.”

Maddie McAteer had 10 points and Kelsey Trimble six for St. Viator (5-3, 0-1).

The Spartans treated the home crowd to a 22-6 first quarter during which they forced 15 turnovers. It was during that stretch Page made her four of the team’s 11 steals.

“Defense is offense, too,” Page said. “You’ve got to take pride in your defense. Otherwise, you’ll just be giving up as many points as you’re making.”

Millender made the most of limited playing time by going 6-of-7 from the field. She, along with Page, Matthews and Cooper, connected on a three-pointer.

The Spartans led 44-17 at halftime and 66-29 at the three-quarter mark as first-year coach Dan Murray was able to go deep into the bench.

“We were a little surprised (at the score), Murray said. “We had looked at their scores and scouted them. I think our pressure early got to them a little bit and rattled them.

“Our girls did a nice job of turning that into easy baskets, and I think it snowballed a little bit. The girls did a nice job, from 1 through 14, of getting out there and doing a great job and continuing to work on the little things we talk about.”



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